Anze Kopitar

Anze Kopitar

34-Year-Old CenterC
Los Angeles Kings
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Year-to-year consistency has been hard to come by for Kopitar, but he was at his best in 2020-21 with 13 goals and 37 helpers in 56 contests. He finished the campaign with exactly 1,000 points in his 15-year NHL career. The 33-year-old center is still the heart and soul of the Kings' offense, but there's plenty of reason to be concerned about his scoring potential. His 13 goals last year accounted for his lowest total since 2016-17, but he made up for it with playmaking. As the Kings' rebuild continues, Kopitar could see his role reduced. The addition of Phillip Danault in free agency should allow Kopitar to focus more on offense in 2021-22, which could see him return to the 60-point threshold while holding a significant role with the man advantage, but a lot depends on the progression of LA's forward prospects. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed an eight-year, $80 million contract extension with the Kings in January of 2016.
Contributes power-play helper
CLos Angeles Kings
December 5, 2021
Kopitar produced a power-play assist, three shots on goal and two blocked shots in Sunday's 5-1 win over the Oilers.
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Kopitar set up Drew Doughty's blast as the second of three goals the Kings scored on a major penalty to Connor McDavid. The 34-year-old Kopitar has racked up eight assists during his nine-game goal drought, so he's been decently productive in helping his teammates. The Slovenian center has eight goals, 16 helpers, 66 shots on net, 28 blocks and nine power-play points through 23 contests overall.
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2021–22 Time On Ice Stats
  • Average Time On Ice:
    21:19
  • Average Power Play TOI:
    3:30
  • Average Short-Handed TOI:
    1:45
 
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21:11
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Kopitar rebounded somewhat from a down 2018-19 campaign, staying in the 60-point range despite the games lost to the shutdown. He also posted a somewhat miraculous plus-6 rating for the team with the fourth-worst winning percentage in the league and the worst offense in the Western Conference, even with a significant portion of his scoring coming on the power play. Now 33 years old, Kopitar seems to be a permanent fixture in trade rumors for the rebuilding Kings, but the front office has yet to pull the trigger, and instead appears to be planning on relying on its captain to help mold the next generation of talent. A move to a contender could come at any time if they can find a taker for the remaining four years and $40 million on his contract, but otherwise, Kopitar's production will be capped by the lack of help around him this year, even though he may still possess the skills to be a point-a-game player in a better offensive environment.
The Kings' struggles last year took their toll on Kopitar, who posted the worst plus-minus of his career and his lowest point total in a season where he suited up for 80 games or more. The veteran center, who will turn 32 just before the regular season begins, still plays a strong two-way game and has the skills to anchor a top scoring line, but the Ilya Kovalchuk experiment was a failure and the Kings haven't been able to surround him with anyone who can match or complement those skills. Given that his contract runs through 2023-24, expect trade rumors to circle Kopitar once again as the club dives headlong into a rebuild, but having young legs skating alongside him could be just what he needs to bounce back.
Kopitar was simply fantastic last year for Los Angeles, becoming the first King to score 90 points in a season since Wayne Gretzky accomplished the feat in 1993-94. His 35 goals were a career high, as were his 57 assists. At 30 years old, the Selke Trophy winner seems to be on top of his game and remains one of the best all-around forwards in the league, and his numbers could get even better with the addition of Ilya Kovalchuk, potentially giving Kopitar a top partner with whom he can rack up assists. The Slovenian produces in every relevant category, and he should be targeted in the second round in most leagues as either your No. 2 center or your top center if you choose to pair him with an elite wing.
Kopitar had the worst offensive season of his career in 2016-17. His points per 60 minutes at five-on-five dropped to 1.38, and he scored just 12 goals. Entering his age-30 campaign this fall, there is no doubt that the pivot is clinging to the final years of his prime, but it's not all doom and gloom. Kopitar had a career-low 8.0 shooting percentage in last year, which included a 7.2 mark at five-on-five. There is statistical improvement ahead for both of those marks, and Kopitar projects to log plenty of minutes again in 2017-18. Additionally, the Slovenian scored 19 power-play points and should continue to be a key cog on Los Angeles' top unit. A rebound season is almost a guarantee, but it will probably prove ill-advised to expect a full bounce back to the 70-point showings of his prime.
Kopitar’s been one of the league’s most consistent players (and scorers) for years, and with Pavel Datsyuk having retired from the NHL, there’s a legitimate argument to be made for the Slovenian center as the single best two-way player in the league. The Kings’ captain has gone exactly plus-34 with 70-plus points in two of the last three seasons – sandwiching a relatively disappointing 2014-15 in which he still scored 64 points – and he consistently plays some of the biggest minutes of any forward, as coach Darryl Sutter deploys him in all situations. As he approaches his age-29 season, there’s no reason to believe Kopitar won’t turn in his seventh 70-point season as he and the Kings try for a third Stanley Cup in five years. He’ll go early in fantasy drafts once again, and with good reason.
Kopitar may have had one of the worst statistical seasons of his career in 2014-15, but as a testament to his greatness, he still finished 30th in the league in scoring. In his first season skating in more than 50 games with fewer than 20 goals, Kopitar churned out 64 points, which was his lowest total in a full season since 2006-07, his rookie year. The scoring drop didn't change his standing as one of the game's best two-way players, as he finishing third in the Selke Award balloting. While Kopitar's excellent defense won't do much to aid your fantasy team, it does mean that he shoulders one of the heaviest burdens of any forward in terms of average ice time. At 28 years old, Kopitar is hardly over the hill, so it's quite possible the addition of Milan Lucic to the top line with prop up the center's point production and plus/minus rating.
Kopitar is never going to win a scoring title -- LA's system won't provide that kind of opportunity. But he means as much to his team as any other player in the league. He's as durable as they come and is a lock for 70 to 80 points and elite-level defense each season. Whether or not the 26-year-old can take another step forward with the highly-skilled Marion Gaborik at his side remains to be seen, but since he's entering the prime of his career, the potential is certainly there. Don't bet against an uptick in production. We're not.
Kopitar got off to a hot start in 2012-13, but faded badly down the stretch when his shooting percentage returned to normal and his power play production went south. He remains an integral part of the Kings at both ends of the ice, but his increased defensive focus may limit his fantasy upside going forward. He's still a heck of a hockey player, but he may never hit the 40-goal mark that many had foreseen as he enters the prime of his career. At this point, his owners might have to be happy with 25.
Kopitar started the season red hot with 14 points in his first 11 games, but failed to top the 30-goal mark for the second straight year. He's prone to extended scoring slumps and often is tasked with playing against the opposition's top line which figures to keep his overall numbers down. But he's still a threat to score 30 goals as he enters the prime of his career.
Kopitar was well on his way to setting career highs until a scoring slump in January and February and then had his season cut short with an ugly ankle injury in late March. It was still a fine season (25 G, 48 A) out of the 23-year-old but not quite the breakout season many were anticipating. He's a safe bet for 18-20 goals at even strength, but will need to be better on the power play (six goals, 12 assists last year) if he wants to return to the 30-goal plateau. His offseason rehab from ankle surgery has gone well, though we'll have a better idea on his status once training camp starts.
Last year, Kopitar set career highs in goals (34), assists (47), points (81), power-play goals (14) and power-play assists (24) en route to the breakout season that many were expecting. He did slow down after a scorching first two months of the season (33 points in 27 games) and the 23-year old should be able to repeat, though a healthy Ryan Smyth would certainly help the cause. Expect another 30-goal, 80-point season with the possibility of another step forward.
Kopitar got off to a woeful start, netting just 2 goals in his first 17 games, but he finished strong and you have to believe there’s another gear here for the 22-year old. Expect him to build off last year’s totals (27 G, 39 A, 7 PPG) and return to the 30-goal level.
The youngster followed up a promising rookie campaign with a breakout season (32-45-77 with 12 power-play goals) as a 20-year old. He's got the size, speed and hands to take over a game and is clearly the Kings' franchise player. He's the Kings' youngest and most talented option from a group of young forwards that will be counted on even more after the departure of Michael Camallerri.
One of the best rookies last season, Kopitar could have won the Calder Trophy if not for some injury problems late in the season. Kopitar, the first Slovenian-born player in NHL history, posted 61 points (20 goals, 41 assists) in 72 games as a 19-year-old rookie and displayed the size, hands and skill needed to be an offensive force for years to come. He's only going to get better, so don't sleep on his upside just because you haven't stayed up late to watch him play.
After staying in Europe to play last season it appears that Kopitar may come to the States to play for the first time. He will get a long look at the Kings training camp because of his size (6-4/220) and skill set. Recent acquisition, Scott Thornton, played with Kopitar during the lockout season and was very impressed with his game. With the Kings needing a replacement for Pavol Demitra and having not made a splash in the free agent market, it could be placed on Kopitar’s broad shoulders. He could be a sleeper in some leagues. Keep an eye on him during training camp.
Young Slovenian star played in with Södertälje of the Swedish Elite League in 2004-2005 and will likely remain in the SEL for 2005-2006 to further his development. He's already being hailed as "complete" player, right down to the faceoff circle, and with a bit more strength, he has the markings of a very special player for his NHL squad.
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Helps out on pair of goals
CLos Angeles Kings
November 30, 2021
Kopitar notched two assists, four shots on goal and two hits in Tuesday's 5-4 shootout loss to the Ducks.
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Three assists deliver win
CLos Angeles Kings
November 27, 2021
Kopitar had three assists Saturday in a 4-2 win over the Senators.
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Adds power-play helper
CLos Angeles Kings
November 25, 2021
Kopitar notched a power-play assist and went minus-3 in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Maple Leafs.
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Producing at near-career pace
CLos Angeles Kings
November 11, 2021
Kopitar scored the game-winning goal Thursday in a 2-0 victory over the Senators.
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Offers assist in overtime win
CLos Angeles Kings
November 5, 2021
Kopitar produced an assist, four shots on goal, three hits and three blocked shots in Friday's 3-2 overtime win over the Devils.
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